HEBER CITY, Utah — Family members are mourning the loss of their 7-year-old girl who died Friday night after being struck by a stray bullet.
The girl's father called 911 around 10:35 p.m. as he was taking her to Heber Valley Hospital. She was pronounced dead at the hospital about an hour later, according to the Wasatch County Sheriff's Office.
Officials have not released the girl's name, but family members told FOX 13 she was Zaydanielys Rodriguez Irizarry.
"She wasn't like any other 7-year-old. My little girl was polite, intelligent and well-behaved,"* said Irizarry's father, Danny Rodriguez.
Rodriguez received a call from his son who was home with Irizarry Friday night. He told his dad that he had heard a loud noise and his sister needed help because she was bleeding from the mouth.
When Rodriguez arrived at their home at the Wasatch Commons Apartments in Heber City, he said he "thought she had fallen off the bed and cut herself. That was the first thing I thought."
He quickly rushed his daughter to the emergency room at the Heber Valley Hospital.
"They took her in and were doing CPR," Rodriguez said. "And then they said there was no more they could do, and she was gone."
Deputies responded to the hospital and the family's apartment. Shortly after arriving, officers heard a gunshot coming from a neighboring apartment. Three intoxicated individuals were later taken into custody.
Family members say a stray bullet came through the wall of their apartment and struck the girl.
"I feel sad because if I knew what was going to happen, I would've tried more," Rodriguez said emotionally. "I would've given her more time, more laughter, more smiles. I would've tried more in those last moments."
The Wasatch Back Major Crimes Task Force is investigating the incident, and anyone with additional information that could help the investigation is asked to call the Wasatch County Sheriff's Office at 435-654-9276.
"I want her to be remembered because she was a very brilliant girl," Rodriguez added.
A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to help the family with funeral expenses, which include transporting her to Puerto Rico for burial.
*Rodriguez's quotes were given in Spanish and translated to English.